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Thinking of Selling?
you’re getting ready to sell your house, you may want to make some repairs and
upgrades so your property makes a great impression on buyers. Here are some
things to consider when trying to prepare a home for sale so it fetches top
Gather your paperwork. No matter how great your home looks at
first glance, savvy buyers will want to know how old items are. Check your home
records, receipts, or seller’s disclosures for the age or last repair of things
like your roof, HVAC system, water heater, and gutters.
Check for flaws. Walk from room to room—and around the
exterior of your house—looking for things that might detract from your home’s
appearance and drag down its value. Some common problems include cracks in
walls, water stains on ceilings, and doors and windows that don’t open or shut
easily. Since you might be used to your home’s little quirks, it may help to
get a real estate agent’s objective opinion, or to hire a home inspector who’ll
conduct an inspection to pinpoint problems like bad wiring or outdated
Decide what to repair and renovate. Once you have a
handle on your home’s condition, it’s time to decide what to fix or change
before putting your house on the market. While you’re probably not eager to
spend money on renovating a property you’re about to sell, certain upgrades can
dramatically improve the impression your home makes on buyers, leading to more
and higher offers. Even relatively inexpensive alterations can pay off, like a
new coat of paint or refinishing the floors. A real estate agent can help you
pick which upgrades will bring the best return on investment.
Consider selling your home as is. If you don’t want
the hassles of fixing up your house before you sell, you have the option to
sell your home as is, without any improvements. This may mean you accept a
lower price, but it’s worth considering if selling quickly and easily is your